If a small time inventor isn't likely to see return, they are less likely to do it.
It doesn't take much reading to disprove this line and your entire argument. Patents are very recent so basically you are saying that most of historic progress wouldn't be possible. And there are fields where patents don't apply that are still receiving tons of attention.
That custom keys seems awesome but... The price is simply too high. Still, here's hoping it gets cheaper when they start producing it seriously.
That multipurpose power bank (VIS) is insanely useful for plenty of reasons. In a single relatively small pack you have 3-4 charges to your phone, easy to use lights, dead battery starter and more. That's definitely something I'd buy and it's not that expensive. And with the careful, planed presentation of the product it seems we'll see it in the market soon enough.
Hmmm... Yes, regular games on smartphones suck due to the poor controls but are simply GREAT to play on the run or where you can't take your console. Plus you can pair controllers with the phone and use them. So far I've successfully done so with the Wii controller, a bluetooth controller (it seems some models refuse to pair properly but there are some neat stuff like one that has a support to the smartphone on top of it) and a PS3 controller. You can even connect an hdmi cable to the phone and play on a TV set (haven't tried this yet). So basically it all depends on how the thing is implemented.
2. The University of Tennessee is telling us to go fuck ourselves.
Love it. This is the default course of action for Governments in general nowadays. Sadly. I keep wondering how to force them to be transparent and hold these people accountable. One way would be for more people that want change to dive into politics. Which is all well and dandy until you see what happened here in Brazil.
Back in 1992 Luiz Lindbergh Farias Filho was at the spotlight of a student movement against the president, Fernando Collor de Mello. Collor ended up suffering an impeachment due to wide corruption and the student movement scored an awesome victory. Lindbergh ended up in politics afterwards and Collor made it back to the politics in the legislative recently. Both of them are now being investigated in the latest Petrobras scandal that started about an year ago when Brazilian Federal Police and the US authorities bumped into shady numbers in a refinery in Pasadena. And they were seen exchanging hugs and all sorts of prising remarks.
So there are quite a few things we can take from this piece of history:
1- People are generally dumb, have an incredibly short memory or are generally ignorant of history (including their own). You see, voters put a man that confiscated bank accounts and caused tons of suicides throughout the country back into politics. Try discussing politics in a bar. Either it will devolve into some petty partisan discussion devoid of facts or you'll be the boring, weird one.
2- Even if some good persons enter politics to try to change it there's a huge chance they'll be corrupted in the end and absorbed by the system.
3- The system is built in a manner that makes any changes and challenges against itself virtually impossible.
The other way would be bloody with hordes going civil war with pitch forks and everything, which is never good for anyone but sometimes necessary.
The fact is, we are rapidly reaching the bottom of this moral and ethics hole and while there are awesome initiatives I'm afraid we'll still touch the bottom before real change start for real.
That's a big nope. I'll go with good old wood toys and dumb stuff until the companies show they can be responsible with smart stuff. Amusing that I'm looking to "dumb down" my gadgets to get less intrusion in the era of the internet of things....